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Apple today seeded the fifth watchOS 2 beta to developers for testing purposes, more than two weeks after seeding the fourth watchOS 2 beta and nearly two months after announcing the new operating system update at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference.

watchOS 2 requires the iOS 9 beta to be installed and can be downloaded over-the-air using the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. Caution should be used when installing this beta, as downgrading the software on the Apple Watch is not possible without help from Apple [PDF].

watchOS 2 is the first major update to watchOS, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 2 introduces several new features that developers can use to improve their Apple Watch apps, including native apps that run on the watch itself instead of the iPhone. The software also allows developers to access the Taptic Engine and other sensors like the heart rate monitor, the microphone, and the accelerometer for the first time.

With the new tools for developers, Apple Watch apps will be more complex and full-featured. Other features in watchOS 2 include new watch faces (photo albums and time-lapse), third-party Complications, Time Travel, and a Nightstand mode that's activated when the watch is charging, displaying the time.

watchOS 2 is currently only available to registered developers who have also installed iOS 9 on their iPhones. Apple plans to release the software to the public in the fall.

What's new in beta 5:

Previous watchOS 2 betas haven't added many new features, but there are several new additions in watchOS 2 beta 5, as listed below.

Timelapse - There's a new Timelapse watch face that displays the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Sleep settings - There's a Settings option that will keep the Apple Watch's screen active and turned on for 70 seconds. Currently the watch face only stays on for 15 seconds.

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Music - In the Music app, there's a new "Quick Play" button to access music on the iPhone more quickly. The Music app interface has also been tweaked and will display the app that's playing music.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Fifth WatchOS 2 Beta to Developers
 

CFreymarc

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Glad to see this. Blogs from the last beta said it was crash-o-rama when memory management was stressed.
 
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Tycho24

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Oh, thank ye gods!!!!
The last beta DESTROYED my battery life & I'd get random occasional reboots.
 
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JeffyTheQuik

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I've given suggestions to Dexcom for a complication that includes the blood sugar, with the graph (like a sparkline behind the blood sugar reading) and trending.

For me, that would be awesome!

The ability to create complications and onboard apps are the wins of WatchOS2.
 
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Can someone please send me the new watch profile to ?[/QUOTE]
 
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Apple may not want to say it, but i will...

U may **** the watch up, its a beta. :) i'd buy two watches, one to test betas, and another for personal use only.
 
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Tycho24

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Thank you for beta testing this. I know a lot of people that don't appreciate beta testers, but I do. Without your testing, one could only imagine the bugs that'd get into the wild...

Np!
I love it... & I actually DO fill out bug reports if it's for an app that's not as ubiquitous as FaceBook or something that that seems to cause a respring or act funky.
I think it is a small price to pay to be able to get used to awesome new features months before the general public do. =)
 
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quick question. Is there any word on a public beta for the watch. I have iOS 9 PB and it would be cool to get the watch beta as well.
 
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